75 years ago, December 28, 1937
• Dance halls and beer taverns of Aberdeen may remain open until 3 o’clock Saturday morning under a ruling of Mayor Herbert Horrocks today. His announcement follows a decision of the liquor board to extend sale of beer until that hour to give Washington people an opportunity to extend their greeting to the New Year.
But usual closing time for dancers and taverns will be enforced for New Year’s night, the usual Sunday morning ban being in effect.
• Willapa Harbor anxiously watched rising flood water today as rain continued. Weather observer C.E. Thew reported 3.90 inches fell in 24 hours. Wind velocity at near hurricane force last night, went unrecorded as the anemometer was blown from the Eklund Park tower.
50 years ago, December 28, 1962
• One million dollars ago the name Fabian meant nothing to anyone, save Philadelphia’s Forte family and their 15-year-old son Fabian himself.
But in the ensuing years the Forte boy amassed the million bucks in addition to many times that number of fans.
Now 19 and still in need of a haircut, Fabian is an example of what can happen when great wealth and fame are suddenly thrust upon a teenager — a teenager with impeccable manners, poise and the desire to build a lasting career.
• Center fielder Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants will become the fourth player in baseball history to reach the $100,000 salary level, the San Francisco Chronicle said today.
Mays reportedly earned $90,000 last year when the Giants won their first National League pennant since moving west in 1958. They lost the World Series to the New York Yankees.
Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox and Joe DiMaggio of the NY Yankees, both retired, and Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals are the three players who have had $100,000 seasons.
25 years ago, December 28, 1987
• It’s 3 a.m. the morning after Christmas and Louis Larson and Rick Silvan, with 20 and 16 years respectively on the Aberdeen road crew, piled out of their warm beds into the frozen night to drive the sanding truck.
It was a routine day, except for a stop at the more comfortable hour of 7 a.m. to get a reporter out of the sack in time to ride along for the last hour of the morning’s work.
Larson and Silvan and other members of the crew who share the duty have their war stories to tell.
It may take more than one or two tries to make it up Bel Aire when it’s slippery. The trucks begin to slide backward and 25,000 pounds going in reverse is no small matter.
“It’s like riding an elephant that doesn’t know where it’s going,” said Silvan.
About 17 years ago, a city truck slid off Lafayette Street in North Aberdeen into a ravine. Since then, the street crew has called the steep, winding stretch “Skidmore” hill.
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.